A Lot On The Line In Tennessee vs. Florida

Well, what to talk about today?

We could talk about how Mark Richt needs to go. 

We could discuss the potential for a UGA turnaround this season.

All those topics have been discussed ad nausea.  With no real opponent this week, let’s turn our attention elsewhere in the SEC to what I think will be a very interesting matchup come Saturday. 

Former LSU assistants under Nick Saban Derek Dooley and Will Muschamp will square off  in the Swamp.

Some interesting story lines playing out in this one.  Will the Will Muschamp era at Florida start off in earnest with a victory over its rival?  Will Derek Dooley and Tennessee take the obligatory big step in Year 2?  

With Georgia already 0-1 in Conference play, this is a must win game for each school.  After playing Florida, Tennessee has a bye, then plays Buffalo.  Then the schedule takes a turn for the worse.  Tennessee plays host to Georgia, LSU and goes to Alabama, and finally host South Carolina in consecutive weeks.  After homecoming versus MTSU, Tennessee must travel to Fayettville to face Arkansas.  That is just plain brutal.   Tennesee finishes with weaklings Kentucky and Vanderbilt.  Georgia seems like the most winnable of those games, and it isn’t inconceivable to think that Tennessee could lose all 5 of those games.

Florida’s schedule doesn’t get much better.  After the Tennessee game, Florida travels to lowly Kentucky.  Then they must face Alabama at home, go on the road to LSU and Auburn, have a bye, then the Cocktail Party, Vandy, then South Carolina.   After a tune up versus Furman, Florida hosts Florida State in another  former Saban  Assistant Coaches bowl. 

Florida has a young secondary, and only returning starter from a year ago is Jeremy Brown.  The rest of the starters are Sophomores.    I think Tennessee and Tyler Bray has a good chance to move the ball against Florida’s defense in Year 1 of Muschamp’s new scheme.  Florida is a 9.5 point favorite, and I think that is a little high.  I am looking for a good, close classic SEC game on “The SEC on CBS” season debut.  Both of these teams need a win early, because the road gets rocky for both of them.  It will be a great game, and I am glad I can sit back and watch it without having to worry about the Georgia game. 

Work obligations will keep me from watching the LSU vs. Mississippi State game, but that is going to be a good game also. 



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